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Title: Agricultural Cooperatives: Opportunities, Performances
Authors: Birhanu, Teka
Advisors: Ali Hassen
Keywords: Agricultural Cooperatives:
Copyright: May-2011
Date Added: 27-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Cooperatives have gained prominence in rural Ethiopia to enhance the agricultural development strategy within the macro-economic policy frameworks of the country. Thus, this study aimed to identify the opportunities, performances and challenges of Adigudom Agricultural Cooperative Union in Hintalo - Wajirat Woreda, Tigray Regional State. To achieve these objectives, data were collected from different sources. Primary data were collected from respondents of three sample primary cooperatives. In addition, FGD and key informant interview were also important sources of the primary data. To select sample respondents among or between types of cooperatives simple random techniques was applied. As a result of this, 100 respondents were selected across type of cooperatives for the questionnaire. However, out of this, 97 household who filled the questionnaires were taken for analysis. The study made use of documents of the union like financial statements and audit reports as a source of secondary data. The data collected were analyzed using simple statistical tools like frequencies, percentages, tables, graphs and financial ratio analysis with the help of a statistical package called SPSS. The finding of the study shows that the union was not in a position to fully exploit the opportunities provide by the existing environment due to gaps which emanate partly from lukewarm government officials and cooperative leaders. The finding reveals that trends of membership have been increasing over the study period, but the performance in respect of services delivery, profit and patronage dividend, financial performances, education and training, and membership participation were found low and unsatisfactory. The major challenges constraining the union are lack of equal opportunity in passing decisions, inadequate finance, limited capacity of Board of directors, unhealthy competition of private traders; limited physical resources, lack of education and training are factors which hampered successful performance of the union. However, the study recommends that low performances of the union could not tend to avoid but keeps it through a close investigation of its militating challenges. Regardless of low performances of many cooperatives, we should not forget that there are also successful stories of agricultural cooperatives in every corner of our country. The researcher therefore, recommends that among other things launching training and education, provision of adequate finances and collective efforts of all concerned bodies (Governments, NGOs, communities and cooperator themselves) should serve as a means to its future achievement.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4051
Appears in:Thesis - Rural Livelihoods & Development

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